Six In The Morning Saturday 23 September 2023


 Kyiv claims Russian officers killed in Crimea attack

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  • Ukraine has launched another missile attack on the port city of Sevastopol, a day after the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on the occupied Crimean peninsula was hit by missiles.
  • Ukraine claims dozens – including “senior Russian navy commanders” – died or were wounded in the strikes on naval headquarters in Sevastopol a day earlier.

Fate of Russian Black Sea navy head remains unknown: AJ correspondent

Zein Basravi, reporting from Kyiv, says Ukraine’s military intelligence confirmed at least nine dead and 16 wounded following Friday’s attack in Sevastopol.

At least two senior generals were wounded, while the fate of the head of the Russian Black Sea navy, Viktor Sokolov, remained unknown, Basravi said.

The reporter added that residents in Crimea were clamouring for the last spots in air-raid shelters as Ukrainian attacks breached Russia’s defences.

Firms pull ads from Rumble platform over Russell Brand videos

Burger King, Asos and HelloFresh remove ads from site in wake of allegations about comedian

A number of large companies have pulled their advertisements from the video platform Rumble, where Russell Brand broadcasts his weekly show, in the week since allegations of rape and sexual assault against the comedian came to light.

The News Movement reported on Friday that Burger King, Asos, the Barbican and HelloFresh, the recipe box delivery service, had removed their ads. Brand has 1.4m followers on the platform. YouTube suspended Brand’s ability to earn money on its platform on Tuesday but Rumble has rejected calls to do the same. On Friday, Brand said the moves to block him from receiving advertising revenue for his videos on social media platforms have occurred “in the context of the online safety bill”.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian fighters give up arms after truce

Armenian fighters in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh were forced to surrender earlier this week after a lightning 24-hour military operation by the much larger Azerbaijani military.

Ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh have begun handing over weapons after they were forced to surrender this week, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Saturday.

The ministry said the fighters had so far handed over six armored vehicles, more than 800 guns and about 5,000 units of munitions to Russian peacekeepers.

This follows a cease-fire agreement on September 20 after the Azerbaijani military launched a major military operation against ethnic Armenian forces to take control of the enclave. The fighting has killed at least 200 people, according to local authorities.

In Zaporizhzhia, volunteer therapists help Ukraine’s war widows process their loss


Ukraine’s military does not publish casualty figures, but tens of thousands of soldiers are believed to have died, often leaving behind bereaved wives and children. While the government gives them some financial assistance, volunteers in Zaporizhzhia who felt there was a lack of high-quality psychological support have created an association to help the wives of fallen soldiers come to terms with their loss.

‘Shelving’ U.S. responsibility for atomic bombing stirs anger


September 23, 2023 at 15:33 JST

A sister park agreement between what many people might regard as two of the world’s least likely locations–Pearl Harbor and the city of Hiroshima–is again under the spotlight due to a remark by a city government official here.

In June, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park signed the partnership with the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii.

At the time of the June 29 signing in Tokyo, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said the agreement, a U.S. initiative, is about reconciliation.

The Philippines accuses China’s shadowy maritime militia of destroying coral reefs in South China Sea


Vibrant reefs filled with colorful fish and seaweed just two years ago have been turned into a wasteland of crushed corals in the South China Sea and the Philippines says it has identified a culprit – China’s shadowy maritime militia.

China has rejected the accusation, setting up another public disagreement with its neighbor over the flashpoint waterway.

Videos released Monday by the Philippine Coast Guard showed a vast patch of bleached corals along the Rozul (Iroquios) Reef and Sabina (Escoda) Shoal in the South China Sea, which are underwater features within the country’s internationally recognized exclusive economic zone (EEZ).